Editor Unleashed and Smashwords are teaming up to sponsor a writing contest (no entry fee!). Submit an essay (750 words or less) about why you write. Deadline is Dec. 31st. To enter the contest, you must be a registered member of the Editor Unleashed forums (which is also free; but if you’re under 13, you might need parental consent). Grand prize winner will receive $500. Fifty best essays will be included in an anthology.
I visited a great site for young writers, “Write Like Crazy,” created by Mary Jo Campbell. She teaches writing workshops for young people in Downers Grove, Illinois (and much more). This month she’s posting prompts for those of you participating in NaNoWriMo. She also features author interviews and info for writing contests. Subscribe to her blog for continuing inspiration!
Rachelle Gardner offered advice about incorporating backstory into your novel. Excerpt: “Think of backstory as a precious commodity of which you are the guardian. You will release it on a need-to-know basis. Only give the reader what they need for that moment of the story, just little bits here and there.”
All the links for now. I’ve become very picky concerning linkage. More about that on Saturday …